Rumor: Next Xbox in manufacturing stages
posted on 05.04.12 at 11:05 AM EST by (@salromano)
Assembly underway in Austin, Texas.

Manufacturing of the next Xbox is already underway at Flextronics in Austin, Texas, according to an IGN source. Flextronics is also known for manufacturing the Xbox 360 and original Xbox. 

Apparently, the company created a new testing group separate from the rest of the company dedicated to “comprehensive marketing, software, and hardware tests” of the next Xbox, building the hardware upon its conclusion.

IGN speculates that the hardware isn’t the actual system, but development kits for game studios. That would make sense, considering Microsoft said it wouldn’t reveal its new console at E3 this year.

When contacted, Microsoft provided the following statement: “Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

  • RyoonZ

    I wonder if they’re going to support JRPG for Next Xbox.

    • FinalFantasy_fangirl

      @RyoonZ:

      If they do I’ll get it because I bought 360 for Lost Odyssey and its the best rpg I’ve played this gen.

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    I would like to see Sony,Microsoft and Nintendo do what Apple does and announce new product and release it within a few weeks.

    • weyou

      But… but game consoles can’t be upgraded each 2 years and next gen consoles need next gen games (if customers content with last gen games…)

      • FinalFantasy_fangirl

        @weyou:

        They don’t have to upgrade just simply make a announcement and release the product. Sony announced Vita last year right and released this year.

  • Akira

    I hope this is a rumor. I still feel like it’s too “early” for new consoles to be coming in. >w<

  • kiri25

    I think MS has learned it leason and given up on JRPG’s.

    Of course we all have our own opinions but for me Lost Odyssey was ok, as far as best JRPG this gen i’d say that goes to Valkyria Chronicles or Demon’s Souls in my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CapneoCrowley Steven Crowley

    “Microsoft Won’t Be Revealing The Console THIS YEAR, COME ON!!!